February 19, 2005

Game Recap vs Peterborough (18-Feb)

67s win 4-0 over the Petes. An awesome game, and the first OHL SO to Battochio. Way to go. See OHL game summary here.

From SLAM! Sports, 67's punish Petes. From the Ottawa Sun Chris Stevenson writes, Bonello turns up heat on Petes. Some snippets:

67's 4, Petes 0 Brad Bonello, the Ottawa 67's own Little Ball of Hate (that's a term of endearment for a hockey player, by the way), burned brightly last night.

The spunky overager was right in the middle of the 67's 4-0 win over the Peterborough Petes, a team that gave up on Bonello at the beginning of this season.

[. . .]

"Getting a couple of goals was sweet, but the victory was No. 1," said Bonello. "It was just a bonus for myself to help get the win. "It's satisfying to contribute in a big game we needed to win to stay in the hunt for first place."

And the best quote from Killer in a long time:

"(The Petes) beat us a couple of times when we've gotten close so maybe this is a break-through win," said Kilrea. "Everybody came to play." [Emphasis added]

And from the Peterborough Examiner Mike Davies writes, Petes' can't find target in Ottawa. A snippet:

OTTAWA – Peterborough Petes comfortable lead atop the OHL’s East Division is no longer comfortable.

Ottawa 67’s thumped a listless Petes 4-0, before a sold out Civic Centre crowd of 9,862 last night, to close within three points for the division lead.

The game was broadcast on radio (TEAM 1200/Dave Schreiber and AJ Jakubec) and on television (Rogers Television 22/Scott MacArthur, Ed Hand, and Lee Versage). Notes from the pre-game show:

* The Petes lost last night at home, 7-5 to Guelph.

* The 67s are 5 points back of the Petes for first in the East Division prior to this game.

* The 67s have finally got their PP going, but still need to improve.

* Staubitz will be back tonight. His hand is a bit sore. He means a lot to the team on and off the ice. He’s a real vocal leader. He’s wearing the ‘A’ on his sweater. He makes the team play bigger on the ice.

* Battochio is 0/3 against the Petes.

* MacDougald will start for Peterborough. He is coming off a meltdown the previous night. He was pulled from the net after letting in 5 goals.

* The 67s have to stay away from taking dumb penalties.

And two pre-game interviews with Killer: one on the TEAM 1200 Buzz On Junior Hockey/Buzz and Dave Gross, and the other on TEAM 1200 67s Pre-game Show/Dave Schreiber.

Pre-game interview with Killer/Buzz and Dave Gross:

ON the Oshawa game: We played well. If you don’t come to play ready, you’re not going to beat them.

ON St. Mikes’ winning record of late: They weren’t scoring enough goals, so they traded away Clutterbuck for the two Donati brothers to get a scoring punch. The coach has said that their goaltending and defence is as good as anybody.

ON upcoming game vs Owen Sound: David Bell will be behind the bench. It’s good to see him doing well. If you have a top list of anything, he’d be on it.

Pre-game interview with Killer/Dave Schreiber:

ON the Oshawa game: Getting the first goal was right off the bat was a big rush for us. It was a game we had to have.

ON scoring a PP goal: It was a great shot [by Hulit] off of Julian Talbot. Hopefully it will come alive now.

ON Staubitz back in the line up: There is nothing wrong with his hand. He wasn’t feeling well. We’re happy to have him back. He is feeling better today. [This was really odd . . . it was reported that Staubitz had xrays done on his hand, but Killer said it wasn’t his hand . . . Schreibs was clearly taken aback – there was a pause and then OK, and then he asked his next question. I mean he and AJ had just discussed Staubitz’ hand in the pre-game notes. Maybe Killer didn’t want Hendrikx getting any ideas for a repeat.]

ON playing Peterborough: They’ll be coming to play their style – working hard, finishing their checks, etc.

Forwards: Bickell, Talbot, Hulit; Lawrance, Bonello, Mancari (started); VanderVeeken, Petruzalek, Kaspar; McGinn, Ouellette, Alphonso.

Defensive Pairings: Colbert, Joslin; Staubitz, Reid; Van Herpt, Beard.

Starting in goal: Battochio. Guadagnolo on the bench.

Scratches: Akeson (inj-Achilles, -wrist), Lahey (inj-concusion), Spezza (healthy), and Jarram (healthy?).

The 67s worked hard for the majority of the game. They took a few off shifts (i.e., where it looked like they were coasting, and some shifts where Peterborough was definitely the stronger team physically and with puck handling), but overall it was great effort by the 67s. Another positive for the 67s, was that they stayed out of trouble. I was impressed with their composure/response to the on-the-ice crap. They didn’t let themselves get goaded into any stupid penalties. The energy line of Alphonso/ Ouellette/ McGinn had a great night. They were able to get the puck into the offensive zone for numerous chances. Bonello scored a nice PP goal in the first. SOG at the end of the period were 15-13 for Ottawa.

Bonello scored again in the second period. It was a really nice set up by Mancari, the perfect pass to Bonello. And Bickell got a goal as well. Peterborough was doing some pretty nasty stuff – actually both sides got away with some stuff. The ref ignored a lot of it – which is always a bad idea in the OHL, as the guys become more frustrated and try to settle it own their own. In the second period, Hunter (PET) checked Beard, using his glove to mash Beard’s face into the glass. Hunter didn’t think he deserved a penalty, mouthed off to the ref and was given a 10 minute misconduct. A few minutes later, Talbot checked Flood (PET) from behind into the boards, getting a 4 minute penalty. At the end of the period, Hendrikx (PET) cross-checked Bonello from behind (StatsGuy said it was to the head) and the ref didn’t call it, or didn’t see it. Bonello lost it finally (and he was doing such a good job at controlling himself!). He tangled up with the larger Hendrikx, and when a linesman stepped in between them, he couldn’t stop them from throwing punches. Mancari skated over to aid Bonello, and just as he got there to pull Hendrikx off Bonello, Tardif (PET) jumped him from behind. All hell broke lose, with Bonello and Hendrikx fighting, and Tardif laying on top of Mancari. In the end, they all got major penalties; 5 minutes for fighting, and Mancari got a 2 game suspension.

In the third period things settled down a little. VanderVeeken scored, with assists to Petruzalek and Kaspar. The Petes couldn’t get anything going, and the 67s went on to win 4-0. Overall, the 67s were 2/6 on the PP, and the Petes were 0/4 on the PP. SOG were 39-32 for Peterborough. An impressive win by the 67s, to close the points gap between themselves and the Petes for first in the East Division.

Mancari. Total energy and effort. Had 2A. Because he jumped into the fray at the end of the second period, he was given a 2 game suspension. He will be missed on Sunday. Again, he looked like one of the bigger guys on the ice. Good to see him stepping it up, creating chances, playing physical.

Bonello. Feisty. When he is on his game he is so fun to watch. He had a great night, playing with his usual energy. He was flying out there, making some big plays, scoring goals. He stood up to the bigger Hendrikx (PET), so kudos to him.

Battochio. Congrats to him for his first OHL SO. He had his usual steady game. It’s great to have these guys on the team, where their usual game is always top-notch, that it’s unusual when they have a bad game. I’m thinking of Battochio, Guadagnolo, and especially Talbot. You could even add Hulit to the list.

Reid was very strong on defence tonight. He didn’t do anything flashy, but played a steady game. He even got some great scoring chances.

Kaspar had a really good game. He worked hard on his shifts. He also made some really good defensive plays when he was on the point. Really good. He had 2A.

Bickell and VanderVeeken had a goal each. Petruzalek had 2A. Lawrance continues to work well on the wing. He had 1A. Van Herpt had a good game on defence. Staubitz had a steady game. He didn’t get into any fights, but he made sure that the Petes knew he wouldn’t hesitate if they started taking liberties.

Not too much to say about the Petes tonight. They didn’t play well. They didn’t seem to have the constant energy – it came and went. A few I noticed: Flood has nice hands. He made some really nice soft passes, others crisp; and he had really good puck handling skills. Hendrikx. Tough guy. Reddox and Kaleta. It was the first time I saw Hunter in a Petes sweater.

1, Bonello, (19) (Mancari, Petruzalek), 17:00 (PP)
2, Bonello, (20) (Mancari, Lawrance), 03:47
2, Bickell, (21) (Hulit, Kaspar), 11:11 (PP)
3, VanderVeeken, (8) (Petruzalek, Kaspar), 02:15

No scoring.

OHL three stars were: (1) Bonello, (2) Battochio, and (3) Mancari.

TEAM 1200 three stars were: (1) Mancari (he set the tone in the first period and carried it through 40 minutes, he had some big hits, created a lot of turnovers); (2) Battochio (his first OHL SO with 39 saves, always in great position, makes the hard saves look easy, a nice accomplishment); and (3) Bonello (he was a real pest against his former team tonight, both goals were big, played a hard-nosed game, didn’t back down, showed his toughness in fighting Hendrikx).

Carroll. Terrible. He let such blatant stuff go – we’re talking cross-checking, fighting, tripping, elbowing . . . you name it. What a terrible job. Someone could have been really injured tonight.

9862. Another sell-out.

At home Sunday (2.20) afternoon vs Owen Sound. It will be interesting to see how they match up. Their last meeting was in Owen Sound on 11.20.2004. The 67s won 4-3.

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